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now good morning maryland. >> from setting the koran on fire to building a mosque near ground zero. there is no shortage of emotions and this morning we take a look at the temperment of this country. it's dangerous and
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blinding. pilots say those green lasers are becoming a threat to safety in the skies. a sight in texas, some amazing video to show you this morning. all this mess is thanks to hermine. we have those stories just ahead on this thursday morning. thank you for joining us, i'm megan pringle. jamie is off this morning. you heard of lady's night. this is sort of like lady's morning. we start with linette charles. >> good morning, everyone. we are dealing with cooler temperatures this morning. yes, that cold front has passed and we are dealing with the cool, dry air. the only caveat is the fact we have the dry air and it is windy on the backside. we will continue that for today. it's going to enhance the fire risk and that will continue into saturday when we see showers possible and that will linger into sunday. for today, it's going to be nice and pleasant with temperatures in the upper 70s that will continue into tomorrow as well. now we're looking at your maryland's most powerful radar and we are dry. you can see all five sweeps on and we'll stay that way for the
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next few days and the rain will push into the area. check out these current conditions. the temperatures at 56. so yes, you need that jacket out. it's not going to be the best hair day, ladies. because the fact that we have those winds gusting right now out of the west at 11 miles an hour. in towson, the temperature is at 56 with gusts out of the west at 11 miles an hour and check out frederick. west, northwest at 17 miles an hour. so yes, it is going to be a gusty day in store for us. i'm going to talk more about that and your seven-day forecast coming up. now i can't wait for traffic. >> we do have our first crash of the morning. this comes northbound 95 at route 75 near jesup. that is blocking the right lane at this time. traffic does get by to the left. the traffic lights are out at charles street. they are just black. keep that in mind. here looking at our cameras, this is 395, no problems up and
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down the 95 corridor. we are pretty much smooth sailing and the beltway is looking good as well. just a head's up on the outer loop. the two right lanes are taken away because of roadwork. megan, back to you. >> 5:33 right now. opposition is coming in to burn copies of the koran. he plans to do this on the anniversary of september 11. sarah palin, hillary clinton, the pope, just a few to name who all disagree with this decision. here is abc's emily schmidt. she has more from washington, d.c. this morning. >> pastor terri jones says his small florida congregation plans to burn the koran this weekend, although it seems most of the world disagrees. >> we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> sarah palin tweeted her opposition to jones, pat robertson criticized him on tv. >> this is so stupid.
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>> fbi says retaliation for burning is likely and the state department ordered u.s. embassies to assess their security if jones goes ahead with his plan. >> we want to be judged by who we are as a nation, not by something that is so aberrational and will make that case as strongly as possible. >> the burning is planned to take place on saturday, the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. two blocks from ground zero, there is more antimuslim debate. the cleric behind a proposed mosque tells cnn moving it now would be giving in. >> we would not have done something that will create more deviciveness. our national security now hinges on how we negotiate this. >> back in florida, imam called on jones to change his mind. one more plea so far is in vain. >> i told them the world will admire your courage if you come out and say because of my devotion to christ and to the bible, i'm going to do the
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right thing. >> in a new abc news poll, 26% of americans admit feelings of prejudice against muslims. just over half the islam is a peaceful religion. emily schmidt. abc news, washington. if you think a hot topic here, imagine how this is playing out around the world. the head of that local islamic group says a florida pastor planning to burn the koran is a misunderstanding of his religion and disrespect for all religions. sherrie johnson has more on the local angle of all of this. sherrie. >> good morning, megan. it's a big controversial topic. the pastor says he will go forward with his plan to burn copies of the koran on saturday, the 9th anniversary of the september 11 attacks. the head of a baltimore islamic group says terri jones plan shows a disrespect for all religions. he says in his home, the koran is well respected. he worries that people in muslim countries might see images of the koran's burning and assume most americans agree
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with what terri jones plans to do. he hopes cooler heads will prevail across the world and in florida. political leaders criticized the plan, military leaders say it would put troops in more danger. >> i really can't ignore that he has a religious message and it's the message of hate. >> they would use them to inflame public opinion. >> now in addition to saturday being the anniversary of the september 11 attacks, friday is the last day of ramadon, one of the holiest days on the muslim calendar. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. thanks. we want you to weigh in on this issue. if you have an opinion, we want to hear it. what do you think the reprecushions will be if the minister plans with the burning of hundreds of koran's on saturday? head to our facebook fan page and leave your comments.
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a haz hasmat situation caused quite a scare. crews there were called in after workers spilled tie high drollic acid. they found 50 to 55-gallons of the toxic acid. baltimore county police are taking aim at the dangers associated with those green laser pointers. we have done stories before, but at least six times in the last six weeks pilots here in the baltimore area have become targets of those lasers. they are incredibly dangerous because they create a blinding effect. when distracted and directed into the eyes. the sergeant described what happened to him as he hovered over western baltimore county pursuing an armed robber. listen to this. >> i can tell you firsthand, i was disconcerning, very disorienting. >> the offense is not taken
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lightly. if you are caught, you could face charges of reckless endangerment, second-degree assault and misuse of a laser. >> an ugly incident at a beauty salon. a disagreement leads to punches and charges, too. what caused the confrontation in the first place? >> and we'll show you the dramatic pictures of the twister. before we head to break and before you head anywhere. let's find out how the trains and buses are moving along this morning with mark jones. >> commute start, if you are heading out now looks good on the light rail and metro, subway. out there on the buses, the number 5, 19, 27, continue to be diverted for construction and the 10 and 30 buses working with a diversion in the area of light and pratt. for the mta transit team, i'm mark jones. mshore every night only takesn
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an hour but that's more time than congress spends reading massive spending bills, it's crazy. that's why i wrote a law that requires 72 hours to read every bill. i read the big bills and i said no. no to the $3 trillion budget, no to the bank bailout,
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and no to the health care bill. at home you would never pay a bill without reading it neither should congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message because i'm proud to be ranked one of the most independent members of congress. 5:41 right now. some spectacular video to show you this morning. a tornado caught on tape. this is dallas, texas. the twister hit a shopping center and some other buildings, too, collapsing part of the roof and sending debris flying into the air. these pictures of the twister were captured by a local tv station's tower cam. now the forecast certified most accurate by weather rate and maryland's most powerful doppler radar. >> good morning, everyone. that was amazing video, but that's to be expected. usually when tropical storms
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make contact with land, they do spawn tornadoes. so luckily we're not dealing with any tornadoes here. we do have straight line winds to talk about for today. some very dry temperatures as well, or dry air. let me show you what's going on currently at northern high school. the temperatures at 48 degrees, but the humidity now is at 94% and the winds, these are sustained, not too bad, about 5 to 6 miles, and the gusts up to 11. check out what's happening right now into maryland's most powerful radar. we can see that haggerstown is dry and we're going to stay dry as we go throughout the day and that's what we don't want. we don't see any type of rain fall until the weekend. let's send this over to kim brown. she has traffic. >> thanks. good morning. some roadwork that started overnight still continues on the outer loop of the beltway at route 702 and it is blocking the two right lanes. not causing too many problems, but hopefully they will have that picked up. hardly any delays around the
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northeast side of the outer loop. that's a five minute ride. no issues up and down the 95 corridor. the very topside between the 83, traffic is moving very nicely. we are working an accident down in howard county in jesup. that crash does block a lane at this time. you will see emergency crews on the scene. and in baltimore city, a traffic light is out. right there at charles street, could be a little dangerous, but just treat that as a four- way stop. linda so is out in the field. she is standing by with the latest details. >> fast moving fires rip through nearly a dozen row homes in the city. i'm linda so. why firefighters had such a tough time putting out the flames. s
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5:46 right now. new video since 11:00, flames barreled through a mount vernon apartment. look at this. this is a little before 11:30 last night. happened at the corner of charles and madison. this video was sent to us by one of our viewers and this fire fueled by high winds. no one was injured and fire officials investigating a cause. we'll keep you posted. firefighters really had their hands full yesterday evening around a dozen homes caught on fire also fanned by those high winds that we experienced yesterday. crews were working these fires
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in west baltimore, all sorts of different locations and the latest happened in mount vernon. linda so is live with more. linda. >> megan, firefighters really did have their hands full. they needed extra help. there were lots of firefighters who came in from surrounding counties. also hearing from dc. more than 100 firefighters here in the city scrambled to put out at least four fires throughout the city that were flamed by those gusty winds. fast moving flames gutted almost a dozen row homes. the first fire broke out at 5:30 yesterday in the 1300 block of north calhoun street. three row homes caught on fire there. as firefighters were attempting to put those out, another row caught fire. and a block away, flames shot through several other row homes. >> i saw the fire on the right side of the street, it was fully engulfed and once the flames started shooting out the roof, a gust of wind came up
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and the embers from the right side of the street jumped over to the left side of the street. >> now some of the row homes were vacant. we did speak with a number of people who said they lost everything in their homes in those fires. some of them don't have insurance. the red cross is helping those families displaced by the fire. abc2 news. prosecutors say a 14-year- old girl has been indicted for first-degree murder. artisha is accused of killing jose during a robbery attempt on north linwood avenue. she pulled a gun on him and another man after they laughed at her. the other victim suffered a graze wound. a volunteer recall to tell you about this morning. the consumer product safety commission says it involves the fix it, rechargeable spotlight. now the cpsc says the battery can over charge and that can cause a leak of battery acid
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and be a burn hazard. something to keep in mind. you can find more information on this at our website. we have a link to the consumer product safety commission. you can get there by going to our website, we'll see a lot more toys at toys r us this holiday season. the retailer plans about to open 600 temporary express stores in malls all across the country and shopping centers. that is more than six times last year's number of 90 popup stores. toys r us will hire 10,000 seasonal workers. that's good news to keep in mind this morning. now, the forecast certified most accurate by weather rate and maryland's most powerful doppler radar. >> good morning, everyone. i hope you are having a good morning. let's start with these numbers and we can see the stats here on this thursday. we should be at 59 degrees now for a low and our high should be at 80 degrees. check out the record low set back in 1986. it was 46 degrees.
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a very chilly start and back in 1985, we reached a high of 94 degrees. check out the sunrise this morning, 6:42 a.m. and that sunset is at 7:25. so yesterday was another hot day on tap for us. we came in right around 92 degrees. 91 in easten. 93 into the river, and 91 into philly. dover right around 92. you can see where that cold front tried to get through. yes, 72 degrees over into oakland. we don't have to worry about the cold front. we are going to be feeling that as we go throughout today. also what we are going to be dealing with, big story. all these fires, well it's because of the fact that the moisture, the measure of the moisture in the air. the dew point is very low. we can see 48 now. so once you get into the 40s, you are talking about dry air, all of the really -- or a lot of moisture. the big dew points are down to the south. you can see charleston at 74 degrees. very oppressive there. now you are going to couple that with the wind. sustained winds right now.
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frederick, about 9-mile an hour sustained wind. baltimore coming in at 7. these will be picking up and we'll have gusts throughout the morning, throughout the afternoon. out of the west, northwest, at about 15 to 25 miles an hour. we'll be seeing those gusts. high pressure though, canadian highs setting up. we had that cool, dry air. that front that passed through. we are getting that and the warm air and the humid air is ahead of that frontal system. the tropics, a little active. we have tropical storm egor as of now. it was a wave off of africa, now it's to the south of the islands. not really doing anything as of now. it will pick up speed and head towards the west as we go into the rest of today. all in all, not too bad. today the temperature coming in at 78 degrees. mostly sunny, mild, and breezy. definitely the big stories. as we go through tonight, still the same. the cool temperatures mostly clear and cool with that temperature coming in at 56 degrees. tomorrow, around 77 degrees and
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sunny. let's talk about the traffic. >> good morning, linette. traffic off to a good start. that earlier crash on 95 in howard county on the northbound lanes, that has been moved off to the shoulder. so out of the travel portion at this time. traffic is flowing pretty freely. on the throughway southbound between the 95 split down to about palasky highway, we have reports of debris in the roadway. very few delays, hardly any of the 95 corridor. an 8 minute trip from the beltway to the toll plaza. no issues on the outer loop. as we check our cameras here on the beltway, you'll see traffic is moving very nice, no issues so far around 695. stay with us, we have more of good morning maryland after this. twizzlers. the twist you can't resist.
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it is the culmination of the american dream. all wrapped up in individual slices. kraft singles. the american cheese. making news around the nation this morning, regular trip to the hair salon led to criminal charges for a mom in ohio. joann took her daughter, alyssa in for a haircut. she was told there would be a 45 minute wait. the salon took her daughter early. she saw the stylist cutting her bangs, that's when things got ugly. >> the mom came in, started yelling. i don't know her name.
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the manager stepped in and said you have to leave, you have to leave, and then they just started fighting. >> the witnesses told police that the mom started the fight. she now faces charges. she also is in the hospital. they likely say that somebody is going to need plastic surgery from this whole thing. things got quite ugly. you know these dressed up like the statue of liberty. they walk around like tax season trying to draw you in. one missouri town has its way, those mascots won't be roaming any longer. drivers could be distracted. >> i have no complaints. there have been no accidents. what's more important to them right now? i hope it's preserving jobs. >> the city is considering the ban, but may decide just to restrict mascots to the front of their stores. 5:57 right now.
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being infertile can be tough. linda so introduces you to a couple who opted for ini invitro infertilization. >> usher will be making a stop in baltimore. we'll tell you where when we come back.
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everyone knows a fee is a tax. you raised some taxes during that period, particularly the property tax as well as a lot of fee increases. as you know, there's a big difference
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between fees and taxes. but...they're the same. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. there's a big difference between fees and taxes. fees and taxes are one in the same. if it comes out of my pocket, it's a tax. now he says it isn't true. we didn't raise taxes. what? still doing the same thing, paying out more money. typical politician. definitely. now good morning maryland. flames are fanned by mother nature. firefighters really have their hands full yesterday. we will show you what they were up against. a pastor of a small church has become a big controversy. what local religious leaders have to say about burning the koran. all right fellas, we want to wow the ladies? work on those moves. a new study says the better you dance, the hotter you

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